Pair of Cubs to swing bats in college

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Monett senior Tanner Wright inked Wednesday to play at College of the Ozarks next season. His family was there to support him, including mother, Tiffany Wright, left; father, Scott Wright; and sister, Morgan Wright, back left. Also present was Justin McMillin, back right, College of the Ozarks assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Kyle Troutman/

McBroom, Wright sign to Missouri S&T, College of the Ozarks

Monett seniors Estin McBroom and Tanner Wright have been instrumental leaders for the Cubs this season, and the pair will part ways this fall after signing to separate Missouri Colleges.

McBroom signed his letter of intent Wednesday to play at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and Wright follows by signing to play at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout.

Monett senior Estin McBroom signed on Wednesday to play baseball at Missouri S&T next season. Supporting him in the decision was his family, mother Jennifer McBroom, left; father Tony McBroom, right; and brother Aiden McBroom, back. Kyle Troutman/

McBroom said he chose S&T because of how well it fit his future plans.

“I feel like Missouri S&T is a really good fit for me academically and athletically, and I really like the school,” he said. “I’m really excited to meet some new people and get going in a college baseball program.”

Wright said Hard Work U was his pick because of the baseball program.

“College of the Ozarks is a great school with a solid baseball program,” he said. “I’m also excited to meet new people and get going with the team.”

Both seniors said the highlight of their prep careers came in their sophomore seasons, when the Cubs were one of the top eight teams in the state after defeating Springfield Catholic 5-4 in sectionals.

“That was a big accomplishment for us as a team,” McBroom said.

“Winning sectionals is not something the team has experienced much before,” Wright said.

For younger players, Wright said they key to success in the sport is putting in the time.

“Always work your hardest, and it will eventually pay off if you put the hours in,” he said.

McBroom said the books should also be a focus.

“Do good in school because academics is very important to being able to play in college,” he said.

McBroom plans to study engineering at Missouri S&T, and Wright plans to tackle business administration at College of the Ozarks.

McBroom is the son of Tony and Jennifer McBroom, and he is the older brother of Aiden McBroom.

Wright is the son of Scott and Tiffany Wright, and he is the older brother to Morgan Wright.

As of the day they signed, McBroom has pitched 27 innings in his six starts this season. He has allowed 18 hits, 7 earned runs and struck out 40. His ERA sits at 1.815. At the plate, McBroom has 11 hits, including 2 home runs, and 6 RBI. His average is .306.

Wright leads the Cubs batting with 12 hits, also with 2 homers, and 8 RBI. His average is the best on the team at .343.

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